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Tribal Trails / Trail Runner magazine USA

The indigenous Rapa Nui people of Easter Island believed for 500 years they were the only people left on Earth. In the USA this September you can read about the barefoot, banana carrying trail race that is the product of such isolation and sporting heritage.

The article was a collaborative effort with Los Angeles photographer and friend James Kao who I met on the island in February 2016. The article was published in the print edition of Trail Runner magazine. You can now read the full article online

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Work out Like A Polynesian Warrior / Red Bull

Living 2,000km from the nearest inhabited island, the Rapa Nui people of Easter Island must be jacks of all trades. Using photography from my three week trip to the island for the BBC, this light-hearted article for Red Bull Adventure gives a break down of the different skills that “Polynesian Warriors” practise during their most important festival of Tapati. 

Click to read online

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The Runners of Rapa Nui / Men’s Running

[:en]In the May issue of Men’s Running there’s a story of some of the planet’s remotest people.

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…So remote in fact that for 500 years they thought they were the only people left on Earth.

Yet regardless of outside influence, the runners of Rapa Nui take their sport incredibly seriously. They compete in the traditional hami loincloth and in some events carry a 20kg load of bananas, as featured below in the Hanga Vare Vare relay race. Iconically, the finish line to this race was at the foot of one of the island’s distinctive moai statues – Ahu Riata.

The article and photos were written during a three week stay on the island during the Tapati festival: A cultural celebration of traditional sport, handicraft, dance, drama and music. Publications also at BBC Travel (slow to load) and Picture of The Day at The Guardian.

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 [:es]In the current issue (May, 2016) of Men’s Running there’s a story about one of the world’s remotest people.

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…So remote in fact that for 500 years they thought they were the only people left on Earth.

Yet regardless of outside influence, the runners of Rapa Nui take their sport incredibly seriously. They compete in the traditional hami loincloth and in some events carry a 20kg load of bananas, as featured below in the Hanga Vare Vare relay race. Iconically, the finish line to this race was at the foot of one of the island’s distinctive moai statues – Ahu Riata.

The article and photos were written during a three week stay on the island for the Tapati festival: A cultural celebration of traditional sport, handicraft, dance, drama and music. Publications also at BBC Travel (slow to load) and Picture of The Day at The Guardian.

Men's Running - The Runners of Rapa Nui -[:]

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A crazy sport created by isolation / BBC

In the middle of the Pacific Ocean, the Rapa Nui people believed for 500 years they were the only people left on Earth.

The BBC were interested in how the Rapa Nui’s February festival of Tapati expresses the character and story of these remote island people. I spent three weeks on Easter island. This article for BBC Travel explores what I found.

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Men’s Fitness magazine / Vertical Kilometre Feature

[:en]Living in the Andes, it’s easy to forget that not everyone leaves their front door and starts running uphill.

Men's Fitness Dropped Caps text - Vertcial KMMen’s Fitness magazine UK got in contact because they wanted an inspiring introduction to the Vertical Kilometre race – the new standard in endurance sport, where the finish line is 1,000metres higher than the starting point. 

The article is an around the world odyssey of mountain running, with stops in the French Alps, Canada, Patagonia and the Scottish Highlands. I also get my proverbial handed to me along the way by septuagenarians and schoolchildren.

Photos were secured from perhaps the most incredible VK race in the World – The Ultra Trail Torres del Paine. Interviewees include World Champion Urban Zemmer, Nikki Kimball, Jeff Browning, Paul Navesey, Shane Ohly and World Sky Running Director Lauri Van Houten.

[:es]Living in the Andes, it’s easy to forget that not everyone leaves their front door and starts running uphill.

Men's Fitness Dropped Caps text - Vertcial KMMen’s Fitness magazine UK got in contact because they wanted an inspiring introduction to the Vertical Kilometre race – the new standard in endurance sport, where the finish line is 1,000metres higher than the starting point. 

The article is an around the world odyssey of mountain running, with stops in the French Alps, Canada, Patagonia and the Scottish Highlands. I also get my proverbial handed to me along the way by septuagenarians and schoolchildren.

Photos were secured from perhaps the most incredible VK race in the World – The Ultra Trail Torres del Paine. Interviewees include World Champion Urban Zemmer, Nikki Kimball, Jeff Browning, Paul Navesey, Shane Ohly and World Sky Running Director Lauri Van Houten.) 

You can read the unabridged article here online.

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Picture of the Day / the Guardian

I snapped this shot on the third day of the Tapati festival on Easter Island. It was published in The Guardian online earlier this month. Click to see more at The Guardian

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